Harcourt Valley Barbara's Shiraz 2009

This is another pleasant wine from Harcourt Valley Vineyards in Bendigo.  Spices, pepper, sweet fruit, and baked red currants are there by way of fragrance.  The palate is pleasant with evident sweet red currant fruit and a touch of length.  Seemingly low in acid and tannins, the wine expressed itself in a somewhat free form manner.  A very easygoing style of wine.  84 points (6.9/10)

Abv: 13.8%
Price: $25
Source: sample
Website: http://www.harcourtvalley.com.au/


  1. Strange that this should score so low. Has won Gold at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, a Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show at the Australian Cool Climate Wine show. Winestate also rated it as a 5 star wine... Bottle or palate variation?

  2. I did like this wine. My scoring system differs though from many of those in use in Australia (I like to use more of the scale), and so 84 is a pretty good score on my scale. I did prefer the cabernet/shiraz blend, as it had more structure to my palate, but this wine was nonetheless a good wine. And it's just my view.